Tuesday Oct 21 2008
Area teen dies in Loomis skateboard collision
By: Jenna Nielsen, Gold Country News Service
Second boy transported to hospital with minor injuries
A 16-year-old Rocklin area high school student was killed Monday afternoon after a truck collided with the skateboard he was riding in Loomis. Peter Ramirez, of Rocklin, died at the scene of the accident, said Kelly Baraga, spokeswoman with the California Highway Patrol. Another teen, 15-year-old Nicholas Ronzani, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with minor injuries after the truck, driven by Roberto Peredes, 34 years old of Sacramento, struck the two teens while they were skateboarding in the Cambridge Estates development, located off of King Road. The accident occurred at the “T” intersection of Pleasant Oak Court and Ashley Creek Drive in Loomis at approximately 4:30 p.m. “The truck was heading up hill at a slow rate of speed,” Baraga said. “Due to the hill, neither the skateboarders nor the driver of the truck saw each other. Two skateboarders collided with the truck inflicting fatal injuries to one of the skateboarders.” All teens were wearing protective gear including helmets and gloves, Baraga said. Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplains responded to the scene to assist with grievance counseling. Baraga said the cause of the accident is still under investigation, but drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor. Ramirez was a student at Whitney High School in Rocklin. “It’s tragic to lose a student,” said Kevin Brown, superintendent of the Rocklin Unified School District. “It’s even harder with this case because Peter’s mother is an employee at one of our schools, Antelope Creek.” Debra Hawkins, principal at Whitney High, said school counselors and a grief counselor from Placer County had been on hand Tuesday morning to help students deal with the tragedy. “Counselors have been visiting the classrooms to talk to students,” Hawkins said. “Many of Peter’s classmates knew him quite well because he was a member of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and the same students are in the class each year. His classmates knew him well. He was a nice kid.” Hawkins said many students arrived on campus Tuesday with posters filled with heart-felt sentiments about the classmate they have lost. Several tables were set up at the entrance of the school with butcher-block paper for students to write down thoughts to be given to Peter’s family. “We also had an open mic session at lunch for the kids to express their thoughts,” Hawkins said. “I told Peter’s mom that we’d videotape the school activities taking place.” Hawkins said Ramirez played on the junior varsity basketball team last year and was a member of the school’s Longboard club as well. An account in the name of Janet Ramirez, Peter's mother, has been set up for donations for Peter Ramirez. Visit Downey Savings and Loan, located at 3091 Stanford Ranch Road in Rocklin, or call 435-1180. Gold Country Media's Susan Belknap contributed to this story.